Q, Sox Aiming for a Mother’s Day Sweep
Sunday, May 8, 2016
The White Sox, with an American League-best 21-10 record, increased their lead in the A.L. Central to five games over both the Indians and Royals with the 7-2 victory over the Twins. Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79) earned the win and became the first major leaguer to reach seven victories. He also becomes only the fifth Sox pitcher to win his first seven starts of a season–Eddie Cicotte (12, 1919), John Whitehead (8, 1935), Jack McDowell (7, 1993) and Jon Garland (8, 2005) are the others.
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Having won the first two contests vs. Minny, the Sox go for the sweep today. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (4-1, 1.40) for the Sox, LHP Tyler Duffey (0-1, 1.74) for Minnesota.
Q will be making his seventh start of the season. He is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA and 10 strikeouts over his last three starts and 6-1 with a 1.45 ERA over his last 11 dating back to 2015.
Quintana ranks among the A.L. leaders in numerous categories, including ERA and runners per nine innings. He won his last start on May 3 vs. the Red Sox, allowing one run on four hits over a season-high eight innings.
Last Night’s Highlights
Sale overcame a shaky first inning and was brilliant through seven innings. Chris gave up two runs, two hits, a walk and two HBP in the first and one hit and no walks the rest of the way…Todd Frazier tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning with his eighth homer of the year, a solo shot, and he doubled and drove in two…Leading 3-2 heading into the seventh, the Sox scored three more times. They now have scored 31 of their runs in that frame and have a +36 run differential (58-22) in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings (@ckamka)…Other hitting heroes: Dioner Navarro went 3 for 4 with an RBI, Jose Abreu went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Austin Jackson, Brett Lawrie and Avi Garcia each had a hit and an RBI…All nine starters collected at least one hit for the second time this season…Matt Albers pitched a perfect eighth and Zach Duke a scoreless ninth.
Watch Sale and Frazier:
Quote of the Day
Sale, giving credit to his teammates for last night’s victory:
“You guys are talking about 7-0–my teammates got me here. They got me through this one today. (Navarro) got me through that game and my guys won this game for us. I was just along for the ride.”
Jimmy Rollins: “…Your Mom Will Always Have Your Back, No Matter What”
White Sox shortstop Jimmy Rollins reminisces about his mom on Mother’s Day. Check out the Rollins’ photo above with other Sox and their moms.
Sitting on his dad’s shoulders watching his mom play softball through the chain-linked fence, Rollins decided what he wanted to do when he grew up.
Gigi Rollins, also called ‘Mama G.,’ played softball in the Alameda, Calif. Church League. Rollins said he fell in love with the game just watching his mother play each day.
“She was probably the reason I played baseball to this day,” he said. “I don’t know what it was, the rhythm of the game, the sound of the bat, the smell of the grass, the sun being out, or them just having fun. I said, ‘I want to play baseball.’”
Mama G. played second base and taught her son to give his best effort each game, especially defensively.
“My mother taught me not to come home with a clean uniform,” he said. “If you didn’t get hits, you at least dove for the ball. She wanted to wash my uniform.
“I learned a lot from her. I learned how to watch the game; I watched her play.”
Off the field, Rollins said he could always rely on his mom to guide him.
“You know your mom will always have your back, no matter what. She will,” he said. “She’s trying to lead you in the right direction. She’s helped me grow from a boy to a man, and she’s understood that and lets you become who you are and loves you the same no matter what.”
Sox Fan Talks About Her Mom and the White Sox
Kelsey (pictured on right of photo below) on her best memory of being at a White Sox game with her mom (in center):
“She threw out the first pitch (as a member of a group) for Mark Buehrle’s perfect game.
White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX (7:05 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with a weekend series in New York against the Yankees. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 8.44) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.32) for Texas.
Photo of the Day
Harold Baines, Rick Renteria, Carlos Sanchez, Dioner Navarro and the Sox Volunteer Corps were out in full force yesterday at Sawyer Elementary, enhancing classrooms. Here’s Carlos and a volunteer performing their artistry.